1974 New York Yankees season: Wikis


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1974 New York Yankees
Major league affiliations
1974 information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Local television WPIX
Local radio WMCA
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White)

The New York Yankees' 1974 season was the 72nd season for the Yankees in New York and their 74th overall including their origins in Baltimore. The team finished with a record of 89-73, finishing 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Bill Virdon. The Yankees played at Shea Stadium due to the ongoing renovation of Yankee Stadium.



The off-season became controversial when George Steinbrenner and Gabe Paul sought to hire former Oakland Athletics manager Dick Williams, who had resigned immediately after leading the team to its second straight World Series title. However, because Williams was still under contract to Oakland, the subsequent legal wrangling prevented the Yankees from hiring him. On the first anniversary of the team's ownership change, the Yankees hired former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Bill Virdon to lead the team on the field.


Notable transactions

Regular season

  • August 25, 1974: Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out Sandy Alomar of the Yankees for the 1500th strikeout of his career.[7] Ryan and Alomar had been teammates at the beginning of the season, but Alomar had been sold to the Yankees on July 8.
  • September 7, 1974: The Yankees' Graig Nettles hit a home run against the Detroit Tigers. The next time up, he hit a broken-bat single. Tigers catcher Bill Freehan scrambled for the six superballs that came bouncing out. Nettles was called out on the single, but his solo homer was allowed and the made all the difference as the Yankees won 1-0. [8]

Hall of Fame

Whitey Ford's number 16 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1974

Mickey Mantle and former teammate Whitey Ford were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame together in 1974, Mantle in his first year of eligibility, Ford in his second. Ford's number 16 was retired as well. Although Ford wore number 19 in his rookie season, following his return from the army in 1953, he wore number 16 for the remainder of his career.

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 -- .562
New York Yankees 89 73 2 .549
Boston Red Sox 84 78 7 .519
Cleveland Indians 77 85 14 .475
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 15 .469
Detroit Tigers 72 90 19 .444

Notable transactions


1974 New York Yankees roster
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B Alomar, SandySandy Alomar 76 279 75 .269 1 27
3B Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles 155 566 139 .246 22 75
SS Mason, JimJim Mason 152 440 110 .250 5 37
LF Piniella, LouLou Piniella 140 518 158 .305 9 70

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
González, FernandoFernando González 51 121 26 .215 1 7
Vélez, OttoOtto Vélez 27 67 14 .209 2 10
Williams, WaltWalt Williams 43 53 6 .113 0 3
Murray, LarryLarry Murray 6 1 0 .000 0 0


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dobson, PatPat Dobson 39 281 19 15 3.07 157
Kline, SteveSteve Kline 4 26 2 2 3.46 6

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pagan, DaveDave Pagan 16 49.1 1 3 5.11 39
Peterson, FritzFritz Peterson 3 7.2 0 0 4.70 5

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Beene, FredFred Beene 6 0 0 1 2.70 10
Buskey, TomTom Buskey 4 0 1 1 6.35 3
Wright, KenKen Wright 3 0 0 0 3.18 2
Sawyer, RickRick Sawyer 1 0 0 0 16.20 0

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Bobby Cox
AA West Haven Yankees Eastern League Doc Edwards
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Pete Ward
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Mike Ferraro
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Gene Hassell





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